Tuesday, July 1, 2014

INCOMING: Midwest Anime Fest THIS Friday Through Sunday at The Hyatt Regency O'Hare

Calling all ramen lovers 
cosplay kids

Almost 10,000 people will converge on the Hyatt Regency O'Hare July 4-6, 2014 to celebrate Anime Midwest. This Chicago convention has tons of events, panels, and anime-centric activities, and they're particularly proud of their exclusive ConSweet with free soda and ramen. Go for their date auction, guest panels, the cosplay masquerade, and so much more. 

We've never checked out Anime Midwest yet, but we're going to remedy that this Friday. ChiIL Mama will be there... will YOU?! There nothing like being there in person, but if you just can't make it this time, check back with ChiIL Mama and join in the fun vicariously with our photo filled recaps. We can't wait to catch all the colorful characters, awesome art work & family friendly fun.

NEW this year: a first-ever Maid Cafe, a ton of guests, and a bigger ConSweet. Midwest Anime is THE only convention in Chicago we know of that gives away unlimited soda, rice, and ramen - and they plan to keep on doing it even if they reach 20,000+ attendees! 

Mobile app for Anime Midwest
You can now download a mobile offline schedule for Anime Midwest. Open your app store, download Grupio, and search for Anime Midwest 2014.  Click here for more info. 

Maid Cafe: How to attend
Tickets will be sold near the Maid Cafe entrance at the Hyatt. They are $10-$15 each and you get a drink and cake of your choice, in addition to our fun maid cafe experience! Buy yours at the convention and you will be assigned a timeslot to return. You must buy your tickets at the same time as your friends if you want to sit together.

Cosplay Contest: How to participate
Signups will be accepted at the cosplay table near registration on Friday only, until space is full. Please signup early. If you compete for craftsmanship, you will need to come to pre-judging early on Saturday morning (the time will be provided to you).

Registration: Where to pickup badges
You may pickup badges in the lobby of the Rosemont convention center. Starting 10am Friday (and also from 6pm-9pm on Thursday for pre-reg only).

Save The Dates
Let's take a brief moment from Anime Midwest to plan ahead for Con+Alt+Delete in December. It's our epic repeat of Midwest - just as fun, and less expensive. Registration and hotel rooms are both $10 less, and hotel guests get free parking. You can now book your hotel rooms.

Other Happenings Throughout The Convention

Anime Midwest has scheduled a ton of extra events during the convention to go above and beyond. You will never be bored!

Karaoke: Friday & Saturday evenings starting around 8pm or earlier.

Photography room: Times are flexible, but we will have photographers taking your photos!

Sleeping Samurai: Boffer weapon battles in our exhibit hall!

Fallout Shelter Arcade: Battle in giant mecha pods!

Maid Cafe: An experience directly from Japan.

Lolita Fashion Show

(If you haven't already)

Then check back with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often.

Midwest Anime Fest
$50 online until June 30th
$55 at the door (weekend price includes all 3 days)
One day only: $35/day (or $40 at the door)
Platinum: $100 SOLD OUT

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